IVF questions to ask
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a relatively new infertility treatment for those who owing to certain conditions, mostly genetic and infertility ones, cannot conceive the baby. This reproductive technology allows not only to have a healthy and successful pregnancy but also to have a genetic link to the baby. Since the beginning of the 1980s it has become the main alternative for adoption and made thousands of families happier. But despite its recent reproductive success in vitro fertilization has numerous questions to be asked and remains a mystery for most people. Here are the most frequently asked ones.
In vitro fertilization questions and answers
How much does IVF cost and what is included in this procedure?
The cost heavily depends on the country where it is performed. For example, in the USA it may cost up to 12, 000$, in Georgia- around 4, 000$. The overall expenses usually include:
- Overall medical examination;
- Fertility medication prescription;
- Blood test for hormone level;
- Transvaginal ultrasound;
- In vitro fertilization implementation;
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection if it is necessary;
- Medications to diminish the discomfort during egg transfer process;
- Medical support throughout the process.
Up to what age a woman can be suitable for in vitro fertilization?
If the woman wants her eggs to be used in this procedure, she must be not older than 43 years old. After this age there is very little chance of getting pregnant, carry and to have a healthy child. But IVF still can be performed with the help of donor’s eggs.
Can clients request to have twins or triplets?
Yes, they can, but we can’t guarantee twins. Also it may make the pregnancy and delivery much more complicated and result in hazardous side effects both for a mother and embryos. Normally, not more than 2 embryos are transferred into recipient’s uterus.
Can intended parents choose baby’s gender?
You can choose the gender of the child with a one hundred percent guarantee.
Can in vitro fertilization lead to ovarian cancer or overstimulation?
Ovarian overstimulation may occur in 5-6% cases per IVF cycle. As a rule, this side effect doesn’t require hospitalization and symptoms disappear within 1-2 weeks; however, the feelings may be quite unpleasant: bloating, diarrhea, vomiting and other digestion issues. There is no medical proof, that in vitro fertilization can cause any type of cancer.
Can ovarian stimulation lead to early menopause?
No, it can’t. The hormonal drugs that are used for stimulation don’t have a strong influence on menstrual cycle. They are aimed at follicular reserve and don’t exhaust ovaries.
Is it true that the children that were born due to IVF differ from those, who were born due to natural conception?
No, it is absolutely not true. The babies who came into our world owing to in vitro fertilization have the same physical and mental abilities as the babies, who were conceived naturally. “In vitro” children have even one advantage over other children: they have less genetically transmitted diseases.
What is IVF pregnancy rate?
Generally, success rate ranges from 35 to 50%. The success of the pregnancy depends on many factors: maternal age, the cause of infertility, the duration of infertility treatment, lifestyle etc.
Surely, there can be a lot more in vitro fertilization questions to ask that you can always discuss with your fertility doctor and embryologist.